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Unit of study_

ELEC9602: Digital Logic

The purpose of this unit is to equip students with the skills to design simple digital logic circuits which comprise modules of larger digital systems. The following topics are covered: logic operations, theorems and Boolean algebra, number systems (integer and floating point), combinational logic analysis and synthesis, sequential logic, registers, counters, bus systems, state machines, simple CAD tools for logic design, and the design of a simple computer.


Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC9602
Unit name Digital Logic
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

This unit of study assumes some knowledge of digital data representation and basic computer organisation.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator David Peter Boland,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam hurdle task Final exam
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Lab exercises
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO7
Assignment group assignment Lab project
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO7
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
  • Pre-lab exercises: Preparation exercises that must be completed in advance of specified lab sessions. Tutors will mark completion at beginning of your relevant timetabled lab session.
  • Lab exercises: Total of 6 lab exercises, with 5 lab exercises assessed during lab sessions based on demonstrated work and understanding. Completed in groups and assessed individually.
  • Lab project: Major project running over 3 weeks, assessed during lab sessions based on demonstrated work and lab report. Completed in groups and assessed individually.
  • Final exam: Two hours during formal exam period.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to digital logic (2 hr)  
Week 02 VHDL and implementing logic functions (5 hr)  
Week 03 Combinational building blocks and VHDL (5 hr)  
Week 04 VHDL building blocks, numbers and adders (5 hr)  
Week 05 Comparators, adders and subtractors (5 hr)  
Week 06 Flip-flops, latches and clocks (5 hr)  
Week 07 Registers and counters (5 hr)  
Week 08 Finite state machines (5 hr)  
Week 09 Datapaths and control (5 hr)  
Week 10 Processors, memory and branching (5 hr)  
Week 11 Multipliers, dividers and timing (5 hr)  
Week 12 Metastability and reconfigurable logic (5 hr)  
Week 13 Synthesis, testing and exam review (5 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Stephen Brown and Zvonko Vranesic, Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design (3rd). McGraw-Hill, 2009. 978-0-07-352953-0

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. design, fabricate and test the digital circuits and system in the laboratory
  • LO2. design combinational and sequential circuits and systems, using a clearly defined system based approach
  • LO3. understand how Boolean Algebrea can be used for the purpose of logic circuit analysis
  • LO4. describe basic digital logic building blocks such as logic gates, multiplexers, decoders, and PLAs
  • LO5. discuss how sequential logic components such as latches, flip-flops, registers and counters work
  • LO6. evaluate the performance of clocked sequential circuits
  • LO7. communicate effectively among the team members of the group.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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